Category Archives: Mercury and Health

Research Report: Mercury in Fluorescent Lighting

Continuing on with the recent excellent additions to Howard Brandston’s website, http://www.concerninglight.com/commentary.html, it links to an extensive study (alt link) by Rik Gheysens about mercury on fluorescent lighting, the preliminary report now being available, it will have a finalised version, … Continue reading

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A Mercurial Twist

    Washington Times Editorial January 27 2012 Obama’s Twisty Light Bulb Logic President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution.” Of course, no one is … Continue reading

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Dim bulbs: Consequential failure

Here is an editorial from today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The fate of Americans making conventional incandescent light bulbs shows the “green” future touted as U.S. manufacturing’s salvation is yet another faulty government premise. Congress effectively outlawed incandescent bulbs as of 2014 … Continue reading

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Light bulb disposal expertise is on the rise in Congress

Congress has gone green, according to a story in USA Today.  The House of Representatives has switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Over 4,000 of these light bulbs have been installed in Senate buildings. So when we say your Senators … Continue reading

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CFL light bulbs are making a terrible mercury pollution problem even worse

An Associated Press story about mercury pollution in the United States has this shocking news: No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 … Continue reading

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Dangerous misinformation about mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs

Proponents of compact fluorescent light bulbs often play down the fact that these light bulbs contain mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin.  For example, Cindi Hinton dishes out this nonsense on Examiner.com: They only contain 1.4 to 4 milligrams of mercury. That’s … Continue reading

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Where to recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs

The Environmental Protection Agency has a useful page on its web site:  “Mercury-Containing Light Bulb (Lamp) Collection and Recycling Programs Where You Live“. Recycling programs are not available in all areas. According to the EPA: Some household hazardous waste collection … Continue reading

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Recycling won’t stop health dangers from light bulbs

According to Inhabitat.com, compact fluorescent light bulbs are a very serious health hazard: Mercury from energy production and broken CFL bulbs seeps into soil and water and usually ends up in the bodies of fish. Animals or people who then … Continue reading

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